Shared Stories on Place-Based Education


What does place-based education look like? It can look like 4th graders releasing fish into a stream to restore balance to an ecosystem or high school students weather stripping windows in their neighborhood to lower costs and conserve energy. It can look like a simple community service project, but it’s a lot more.

Place-based education integrates student learning into the community, solving real problems while aligning projects with standards across the curriculum. Most importantly, it engages students by answering the question lurking in the back of their minds—”how does any of the stuff I’m learning in class relate to the real world?”

We invite you to read SEMIS Coalition members’ stories to get a clear picture of place-based learning and stimulate ideas of what it can look like in your own school and community.


SHARED STORIES Jack Harvey Elementary School The life-cycle of salmon brings ecology to life 


SHARED STORIES Hope of Detroit Academy Recycling dumped tread into community-based cred


SHARED STORIES Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody


SHARED STORIES Experiencia Academy Discovering Water Rights Across the Americas


SHARED STORIES Neinas Elementary Students understand the LAND in Southwest Detroit


SHARED STORIES Ann Arbor Learning Community, Diving into the Huron River Watershed





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